The new menu divides your Instagram emails into two categories; security emails and “other.” If you see an email in there then you can be sure it’s legitimate, and you can safely click any links it contains. If it’s not, then it could be a phishing scam, whereby someone impersonates a service to trick you into giving them your username and password. In this case, you should probably delete the offending email. If the worst happens and your account gets compromised, then Instagram says you should follow the instructions listed on its help page.
- The new feature can be found in the app’s security menu. Image: Instagram
- One menu shows all the security emails sent by the company. Image: Instagram
- The list of “Other” emails shows any non-security notices from the company. Image: Instagram
It’s a welcome addition to the Instagram app, especially as phishing scams become more sophisticated. Some phishing scams can even break into accounts that use two-factor authentication using a fake site that asks for your six-digit code and immediately enters that into the real site on behalf of the scammer. Reply All did a great episode on this a couple of years ago if you’re interested in learning more. It’s still a good idea to enable two-factor authentication where possible, just know that you’ll still have to exercise caution with your online accounts.